Engrish is not a new phenomenon

Engrish is not a new phenomenon

Postby Durvin » September 13th, 2012, 12:47 am

The year: 1855. A pair of Portuguese men decided there was money to be made publishing a Portuguese-to-English dictionary. The only problem: they didn't speak English. However, they both spoke passable French, and they already had a French-to-English dictionary...
And thus was born "English As She Is Spoke", the world's first ironic best-seller (a work that sells well because it is so incredibly bad). Some are simply bad literal translations of the phrases ("The stone as roll not heap up not foam" rather than "a rolling stone gathers no moss"), and others are train-wrecks of pronouns and prepositions; other times I don't even know what they meant: some of their "Idiotisms and Proverbs" (yes, "idiotisms") include "To craunch the marmoset" and "Few, few the bird make her nest". Mark Twain would eventually write the introduction to the American edition, and he quoted a line that I feel encapsulated the whole experience: "It is difficult to enjoy well so much several langages."

Another example: one of the "familiar dialogues": "The Fishing".
That pond it seems me many multiplied of fishes. Let us amuse rather to the fishing.
I do like-it too much.
Here, there is a wand and some hooks.
Silence! there is a superb perch! Give me quick the rod. Ah! there is, it is a lamprey.
You mistake you, it is a frog! dip again it in the water.
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Re: Engrish is not a new phenomenon

Postby mitchellbravo » September 17th, 2012, 8:09 pm

There's something so soothing and pleasant about engrish. Even the angriest message becomes so incoherent that it is entirely pacified.

I also love when spambots post in really poetic engrish. Almost makes me sad to see the posts go. (I sometimes save the really skillful ones in a text doc)
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Re: Engrish is not a new phenomenon

Postby Alexis_Royce » October 8th, 2012, 11:34 am

Durvin wrote:The year: 1855. A pair of Portuguese men decided there was money to be made publishing a Portuguese-to-English dictionary. The only problem: they didn't speak English. However, they both spoke passable French, and they already had a French-to-English dictionary...
And thus was born "English As She Is Spoke", the world's first ironic best-seller (a work that sells well because it is so incredibly bad).


That sounds hilarious. I've got to check and see if it's been reprinted...

...oh yeah. This book is still easily obtainable. Excellent.
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Re: Engrish is not a new phenomenon

Postby corruption » October 17th, 2012, 1:09 am

I think Engrish would be easier to understand then what some people who finish High School can manage.
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Re: Engrish is not a new phenomenon

Postby mitchellbravo » October 17th, 2012, 4:51 pm

corruption wrote:I think Engrish would be easier to understand then what some people who finish High School can manage.

Yeah, typically more literate than the average youtube/Yahoo comment
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Re: Engrish is not a new phenomenon

Postby flyingtoast » March 15th, 2013, 9:23 pm

Alexis_Royce wrote:
Durvin wrote:The year: 1855. A pair of Portuguese men decided there was money to be made publishing a Portuguese-to-English dictionary. The only problem: they didn't speak English. However, they both spoke passable French, and they already had a French-to-English dictionary...
And thus was born "English As She Is Spoke", the world's first ironic best-seller (a work that sells well because it is so incredibly bad).


That sounds hilarious. I've got to check and see if it's been reprinted...

...oh yeah. This book is still easily obtainable. Excellent.


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Re: Engrish is not a new phenomenon

Postby SoulRaider116 » June 27th, 2016, 2:15 pm

mitchellbravo wrote:
corruption wrote:I think Engrish would be easier to understand then what some people who finish High School can manage.

Yeah, typically more literate than the average youtube/Yahoo comment


Methinks thou dost speak truthfully.

I just wanted to say methinks...because really...when does one get that opportunity anymore?


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At that point I am embarrassed threefold. One: that (arbitrarily chosen nationality) author whose fic I just read understood our language and it's usage better than an American high school student. Two, this student somehow failed to learn the art of paragraphs and punctuation. Three...this is my country...how humiliating.

Oh, was I meant to be embarrassed about getting the person's country of origin wrong? That too I guess.
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